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YWCA Alaska/BP Women of Achievement Awards & Purse Auction

The Women of Achievement Awards and Purse Auction is an annual evening soiree that honors ten Alaskan women who have demonstrated qualities of leadership and excellence in their professional and personal endeavors as well as their contributions to the larger community.  In conjunction with the Women of Achievement Awards ceremony, the YWCA holds a Purse Auction to raise support for its programs that work to empower women and eliminate racism. The annual awards ceremony and auction is held at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts, Discovery Theater. The silent auction before the Women of Achievement Awards program is a fun event with hundreds of new and used handbags including a selection of designer purses. All proceeds from the auction go to benefit the programs of YWCA Alaska.


Women of Achievement Sponsorships – Form Below

If you would like to sponsor our Women of Achievement event. Below is a chart of our sponsorship levels and a form you can fill out to sponsor directly through our website. If you have any questions please contact, Eryn Kahler at 644.9600 or email at

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Women of Achievement Sponsorship Form

Sponsors receive 8 tickets per sponsorship. Please remember to ask each of your 8 ticket holders to complete the Gold Pre-Registration Form. Guests who complete the Gold Form in its entirety will be admitted to the event through the Women of Achievement EXPRESS LINE.
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If you would like to purchase VIP Tickets or General Admission Tickets please CLICK HERE.


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2014 WOA Awardee Postcard


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2014 Nominations are now CLOSED, the forms are posted below. If you would like to get the forms to prepare a nomination for the 2015 Women of Achievement Awards, please do so.

The Nomination Form is available in both Word and PDF formats.

Word: WOA 2014 Nomination Form

PDF: WOA 2014 Nomination Form


2014 Sponsorship Forms

Sponsorship Forms are posted below.

If you would like to inquire about sponsoring the 2014 YWCA Alaska / BP Women of Achievement Awards please contact Eryn Kahler at 907.644.9600 or email at

Word: WOA 2014 Sponsor Options Form

PDF: WOA 2014 Sponsor Options Form

Gold Pre-Registration Forms

If you would like to Pre-Register for check-in, once you have purchased your ticket or sponsorship, for the 2014 Women of Achievement Awards please fill out the Gold Pre-Registration Form below. It will allow you to skip the long lines at the event and just grab your program, bid number and go right into the event. Please fill out a form below and send it in to the contact on the form.

Word: WOA 2014 Gold Form

PDF: WOA 2014 Gold Form


2013 Women of Achievement Awardees

2013 Awardees Announcement

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2013 Women of Achievers

2013 WOA Indra Arriaga

2013 WOA Pamela Bergmann

2013 WOA Jan Cawvey

2013 WOA Valerie Davidson

2013 WOA Barb Dexter

2013 WOA Raquel Edelen

2013 WOA Lucy T. Hansen

2013 WOA Allison Mendel

2013 WOA Patricia Redmond

2013 WOA Dr. Elaine Schroeder

2013 WOA YWCA Champion Awardee Leslie Ellis

2013 WOA Ambassador Awardee Walter Monegan


Women of Achievement Awardees 2013

003 Back Row: Lucy T. Hansen, Dr. Elaine Schroeder

Second Row: Ambassador Awardee-Walt Monegan, Raquel Edelen, Allison Mendel, Barb Dexter, Jan Cawvey


Bottom Row: Patricia Redmond, Indra Arriaga, Valerie Davidson, YWCA Champion Awardee-Leslie Ellis, Pamela Bergmann


A complete list of the Women of Achievement Awardees for the last 24 years: WOA History of Winners

For a look at the 2012 Women of Achievement Awards YWCA Flash Mob: CLICK HERE


2013 Women of Achievement Sponsors

Signature Sponsor – bp_logo1

Induction Ceremony Sponsor – allure logo

Diamond Sponsors – ADN logo

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Gold Sponsors -

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2013.Enstar Logo 10-12-05

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Silver Sponsors -

  • Alaska Communications
  • Alaska USA Federal Credit Union
  • Alyeska Pipeline Service Company
  • Birch Horton Bittner & Cherot
  • ChemTrack Alaska, Inc.
  • Chugach Alaska Corporation
  • ConocoPhillips Alaska
  • Cook Inlet Tribal Council, Inc.
  • Cornerstone General Contractors
  • Doyon Drilling
  • Doyon Limited
  • First National Bank Alaska
  • GCI
  • Guess & Rudd P.C.
  • Hawk Consultants, LLC
  • Heather Flynn
  • Marjorie J. Kaiser, CPA
  • Mendel & Associates, Inc.
  • NANA Development Corporation
  • Northrim Bank
  • Parker Smith & Feek, Inc.
  • Penco Properties
  • Perkins Coie, LLP
  • Providence Alaska Medical Center
  • R & M Consultants, Inc.
  • Rasmuson Foundation
  • Soroptimist International of Anchorage
  • Southcentral Foundation
  • Spawn Ideas, Inc., formerly Nerland Agency
  • Swalling & Associates, P.C.
  • Udelhoven Oilfield System Services, Inc.
  • Veronica Reem
  • Visit Anchorage
  • Wilda & Blythe Marston

VIP Sponsors -

  • Arliss Sturgulewski
  • Barbara Baugh
  • Betsy Haines
  • Carol Comeau in honor of Barb Dexter
  • Diane Johnson Agency, Inc. – Allstate
  • Joy Merriner
  • Kirsten Ball
  • Lisa Parker, Apache Corporation
  • Mary Ellen Segelhorst
  • Mary Tesch
  • Philip Blumstein with Landye Bennett Blumstein LLP
  • Tam Agosti-Gisler
  • Veronica Reem